39th Ordinary Session of AU Executive Council: Moroccan Delegation Highlights the Kingdom's Active Solidarity with African Countries

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Addis Ababa, 15 October 2021 - The Moroccan delegation taking part in the 39th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union, which opened Thursday in Addis Ababa, highlighted the Kingdom's active solidarity with African countries.

Morocco is represented by a delegation led by the Ambassador Director General of Bilateral Relations and Regional Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Yazourh.

The delegation includes the Ambassador Permanent representative of the Kingdom to the AU and UNECA, Mohamed Arrouchi, the Ambassador Director General of the Moroccan International Cooperation Agency (AMCI), Mohamed Methqal, and the Director of the Grand Maghreb, AU and Maghreb Affairs, Abderrazzak Laassel.

During the first day of this session, the Moroccan delegation highlighted before the Executive Council the active solidarity of Morocco, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, towards African countries.

The active solidarity of Morocco, under the visionary leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, towards African countries is no longer to be demonstrated, said Mr. Fouad Yazourh who recalled that from the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, HM the King launched, in April 2020, the African Heads of State Initiative aimed at strengthening inter-African solidarity and improving health systems.

Regarding the theme for the year 2022 "Building Resilience in Nutrition Across the African Continent", the Moroccan delegation called for the establishment of a solidarity mechanism according to a comprehensive and targeted approach to ensure the success of the fight against malnutrition in the African continent.

This solidarity mechanism will be able to respond to the factors of malnutrition affecting health, maternal and child care, services, including sanitation and the distribution of drinking water, agriculture and food security, climate change with the phenomena of drought, desertification, flooding and their harmful repercussions on populations, underlined Mr. Abderrazzak Laassel.

The 39th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council will consider the draft agenda, draft decisions and declarations with appropriate recommendations for consideration by the Heads of State and Government during their 3rd Mid-Year Coordination Meeting between the African Union, the RECS and RMS, scheduled to take place on 16 October 2021.

For two days, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs/External Relations and other ministers or authorities duly designated will deliberate on the different items on their agenda including; consideration of the report of the 42nd Ordinary Session of the PRC, report on the operationalization of the Africa CDC, and concept note and the roadmap on the theme of the Year 2022 on Nutrition and Food Security.

The Session will also consider reports of Committees of the Executive Council and Ad Hoc Committees, report of the Joint-Sitting of the Ministerial Committee on Scale of Assessment and Contributions and the Committee of F15, report of the Ministerial Committee on African Candidatures within the International System, and report of the Ministerial Follow up Committee on the Implementation of Agenda 2063.

Among the high moments during the Executive Council Session will be the election and appointment of the two Commissioners of the AU Commission, the President and Vice President of the Pan African University (PAU), four Members of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and four Members of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption.

The AU Executive Council coordinates and takes decisions on policies in areas of common interest to Member States. It is answerable to the Assembly. It considers issues referred to it and monitors the implementation of policies formulated by the Assembly.